By Rosemary Marchese
Physiotherapist and mum of 3 fit kids
Would you go to the loo with everyone watching?
Did you also know that there are 1 in 3 women living without a toilet and that they spend 97 billion hours each year looking for private places to go? All this while we might be deciding what clothes to wear today. It’s frightening really. Think about how frightened and exposed these women must feel trying to go to the toilet out in public all because they simply need to relieve themselves. Think about how going to the toilet out in the open would subject you to the risk of violence and harassment.
Then there’s the issue of young girls needing to go to school where there is no private toilet either. These girls understandably then avoid school, therefore affecting their school attendance. And so the perpetuating cycles of gender inequality just get reinforced. I know as a mum I would not want my daughter going to the toilet out in public.
1 in 3 women worldwide do not have access to a toilet
Would you go to the toilet out in the open with everyone watching? Well, UNICEF and Domestos have teamed up to give people who have access to toilets the opportunity to know what it’s like to feel exposed and vulnerable when going to the toilet. A ‘See-Through-Loo’ experience will be set up at Bondi Beach for three days (Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July) to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. According to UNICEF and Domestos 1 in 3 women do not have access to a toilet and are forced to go out in the open. Would you, especially if you had your period?
Domestos and UNICEF have teamed up for this initiative to enable UNICEF to reach vulnerable girls, women and families around the world to provide better access to better sanitation for women around the world.
“Domestos is passionate about supporting this campaign as we know how vital toilets are in empowering women and giving them a better future. We are urging all Australians to take notice and take action. We have committed to build toilets in communities where they are needed and every bottle of Domestos sold makes a contribution,” said Krstina Nicolai, Domestos Brand Manager.
“The partnership is enabling UNICEF to reach vulnerable girls, women and families around the world to provide access to proper sanitation facilities to reduce the spread of disease and improve education outcomes,” said Felicity Wever, Head of International Programs at UNICEF Australia. “Access to a toilet can be life-changing for girls who would otherwise skip school during menstruation and for women who risk their safety simply to find a safe and private place to relieve themselves.”
Will you go to Bondi to relieve yourself?
Rose is a Fit Busy Mum of 3 fit kids. She aims to empower mums who are time poor. She acknowledges that mums are ‘busy’ but tries to inspire them to regain their fitness through simple everyday habits that she promotes through her book ‘The Fit Busy Mum: Seven habits for success’.